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Chemotherapy is one of the many treatments available for cancer. Its main feature is that it is a systemic treatment; that is, it reaches all parts of the body. Unlike other treatments, such as radiotherapy or surgery, which is local.  

The goal of chemotherapy is to destroy cancer cells or alter their division or growth cycle, which in cancer is increased. Unfortunately, chemotherapy can also affect the growth of some normal cells in the body and, therefore, cause side effects or toxicities.

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Laura Ferrer Mileo

Published: 15 November 2021
Updated: 15 November 2021


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